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Career Conversations episode 107

Virginia Teachey: Know Your Worth

In this episode, host Christine Simone interviews Virginia Teachey, associate vice president of budget and finance at Penn State University. Teachey shares how she accidentally fell into higher ed administration but progressed to leadership through mentorship, calculated risks, and self-investment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Started higher ed career accidentally but stayed for mission-focused work
  • Mentors guided career development at all stages
  • Took calculated risks and invested in self-education
  • Leaders should motivate teams, not wield titles
  • Hard work and openness enabled career progression

Teachey’s story shows how mentorship, calculated risks, and continual learning can advance leadership and careers.


Insights and advice for business professionals new to higher education.

On Career Conversations, NACUBO’s Christine Simone sits down with higher education professionals to discuss their personal experiences, including successes and challenges of all kinds. They’ll offer career advice and insights as well as nuggets of wisdom for business professionals new to higher education.

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